South Tipperary puts the focus on the Traveller community

South Tipperary Traveller Interagency Group are running a number of different activities as part of Traveller Pride Week which runs from Monday, June 18 until Tuesday June 26. The aim of Traveller Pride Week is to celebrate the contribution Travellers make both within their own communities and to Irish society as a whole, through their culture, enterprise, sporting excellence, professional expertise across every area and unique history and tradition. National and local events around the country will innovatively focus on the theme of pride in the Traveller Community.

South Tipperary Traveller Interagency Group are running a number of different activities as part of Traveller Pride Week which runs from Monday, June 18 until Tuesday June 26. The aim of Traveller Pride Week is to celebrate the contribution Travellers make both within their own communities and to Irish society as a whole, through their culture, enterprise, sporting excellence, professional expertise across every area and unique history and tradition. National and local events around the country will innovatively focus on the theme of pride in the Traveller Community.

Some of the objectives for the week include developing an awareness and promoting an understanding of the position of Travellers in Irish society as well as promoting Traveller participation in public life and policy development.

There will be an open Day celebrating Traveller Culture in the Museum in Clonmel on Tuesday, June 19 from 10 until 5pm. The museum is staging a number of different events as a part of Traveller Pride Week that are open to the public all week. This includes a Photographic Exhibition of Traveller culture as well as a Museum exhibition based on Traveller culture. There will be a “Reel” displaying Traveller Culture as well as a DVD based on Traveller culture.

The Highlight will be a Music Performance by Special Guest Singer Pecker Dunne Junior, son of the Pecker from 3 until 4 30 pm on the Tuesday (Children of all ages are welcome).

Pecker Jnr. will be singing Old Irish folk ballads, Pecker Dunne Travelling songs as well as banjo playing. There will also be a second Public Session by Pecker Jnr. from 7.30 until 9pm.

There is a Cultural Awareness Session on Traveller Culture taking place for the different state agencies that work with the Travelling community. There will also be a number of workshops for young Traveller children in the museum in Clonmel during the week.

To open Traveller Pride week, Tipperary Rural Traveller Project based at 1 St. Michael Street, Tipperary Town has a Coffee Morning in their Project on Monday, June 18 from 10am to 1pm. The event is open to everyone. Members from the community along with workers that are employed by the project will be available to discuss their work.

Funding to assist with the staging of events has been made available through the Department of Justice and Equality.

Anyone looking for more information on the event please ring 087 6837674.